COOL BURN - CAPE YORK FIELD TRIP

Field trip - 2015 as part of the CORRIDOR project Cultural Connections program.

"COOL BURN” Field trip 2015, a multi-arts and cultural development project strengthening cultural awareness and cross cultural partnerships, involving visual and performance artists from the Central West in NSW, and Mapoon - Cape York responding to traditional "cool burns" and “traditional ecological knowledge" on country. A research field trip was made to Laura Festival, Old Mapoon Cape York, and the Central West NSW. Curated by Aleshia Lonsdale Arts Out West and Phoebe Cowdery the CORRIDOR project.

The artists attended Laura Festival, facilitating workshops with Cape Create through the Cape York NRM. We then travelled to Mapoon staying at Cullen Point.  Guided by elder Di Nicholls we were taken on an extraordinary field trip across Mapoon beaches, inland lagoons and forests. We were invited to run a series of workshops for students from the local primary school, we collected debris from the ocean to be used as mark makers for painting and assemblage, pictures are in the gallery below.

Thirteen regional artists from the Central West NSW and Mapoon held a multi-arts survey exhibition at the CORRIDOR project in 2016 as a response to this field trip artists included Aleshia Lonsdale, Phoebe Cowdery, Rebecca Dowling, Irene Ridgeway, Di Nicholls, Heather Vallance, Jo Marais, Bill Moseley, Genevieve Carroll, Nyree Renoylds, Marda Pitt, Vicki Skarrat and Lee Wynyard. We would also like to thank Beatrice Murray and dance group who held the welcoming dance at the opening of the Exhibition.

Supported by the CORRIDOR project, GER-K2W, Arts Out West, Regional Arts NSW,  Cowra Council, contributing artists: Aleshia Lonsdale, Phoebe Cowdery, Rebecca Dowling, Irene Ridgeway, Di Nicholls, Heather Vallance, Jo Marais, Bill Moseley, Genevieve Carroll, Nyree Renoylds, Marda Pitt, Vicki Skarratt and Lee Wynyard and voluntary community,  Eugene Marias for invaluable support on the Cape York field trip, and Dylan Gower for production-logistics for the exhibition.  

The CORRIDOR project would like to acknowledge the Tjungundji (Choong-un-gee) people at Cullen Point who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land we travelled to in Mapoon. We would also like to pay respect to their people both past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal Australians who collaborate on projects with us through our Cultural Connections program.  A special thanks to Di Nicholls and Marda Pitt, for showing us their beautiful country in Mapoon also managing logistics whilst we stayed there.         

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